Brown rats Brown rats
Usually ground living but has ability to climb buildings. As rats are omnivorous they will scavenge any available foodstuffs but prefer cereals and moist fruits. Rats carry a variety of diseases that include salmonella, trichinosis, rat bite fever, murine typhus and weils disease. An average female will have 3-6 litters/year which can contain 7-8 babies. These become sexually mature in 10-12 weeks.
Control of an infestation can be achieved through baiting, contact dusts and trapping. It is essential to control a local brown rat population as the threat of disease and damage caused through gnawing can be extremely costly.